On This Day

Birthdays in Music on March 6

  • 1616 Malachias Siebenhaar, composer
  • 1710 Giuseppi Antonio Paganelli, composer
  • 1763 Jean Xavier Lefevre, composer
  • 1779 Philipp Roth, composer
  • 1785 Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer and conductor (Pygmalion), born in Włoszakowice, Poland (d. 1857)
  • 1793 Bernhard Joseph Klein, composer
  • 1835 Ludwik Grossman, Polish composer (Duch Wojewody - The Ghost of Voyvode), born in Tureck, Poland (d. 1915)
  • 1843 Artur Napoleao dos Santos, composer
  • 1852 Joseph Bayer, composer
  • 1870 Oscar Straus, composer (Ein Walzertraum), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1871 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), born on the Mississippi River (d. 1938)
  • 1887 Henri Gagnon, composer
  • 1893 [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of the blues
  • 1898 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Mattheus Passion)
  • 1905 Bob Wills [James Robert Wills], American musician ('King of Western Swing', Steel Guitar Rag), born in Limestone County, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Dave Clark, music promoter/songwriter

  • 1911 Roland Jacobi Leich, composer
  • 1914 Kirill P Kondrashin, conductor (Hollywood Bowl 1981), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1921 Julius Rudel, conductor (NYC Opera 1957), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1923 Erhard Karkoschka, composer
  • 1923 John "Wes" Montgomery, American musician and composer, considered one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1924 Sarah Caldwell, American conductor/opera director (Flagstaff), born in Maryville, Missouri (2006)
  • 1926 Jón Nordal, Icelandic composer (Choralis), born in Reykjavik
  • 1926 Miroslav Klega, Czech composer (Pantomime Suite), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Norman Treigle, bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1928 Ronald Stevenson, composer
  • 1930 Lorin Maazel, French conductor (NBC Symphony Orch 1941), born in Neuilly France, (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Carmen de Lavallade, American actress, dancer and choreographer (Aida), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1933 Dorothy "Dolly" Ann Collins, English folk musician and composer
  • 1936 Sylvia Robinson, American rocker (Mickey & Sylvia-Love is Strange), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards, Gene Clark, Dillard & Clark) and actor (Clem-Popeye), born in East St. Louis, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Paul Mefano, French composer, born in Basra, Iraq
  • 1937 Ben Keith [Bennett Keith Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), born in Fort Riley, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • 1938 Lovelace Watkins, American singer known as "The Black Sinatra" (The Big, Big Voice of Lovelace Watkins), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Jerry Naylor, Stephenville Tx, rock vocalist (Crickets)
  • 1942 Charles Tolliver, American jazz trumpeter (Impact), born in Jacksonville, Florida

  • 1944 Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand operatic soprano (Don Giovanni), born in Gisborne, New Zealand
  • 1944 Mary Wilson, vocalist (Supremes-Where Did Our Love Go), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Hugh Grundy, Winchester England, drummer (Zombies-She's Not There)

Person of interestDavid Gilmour

1946 David Gilmour, English rock guitarist (Pink Floyd-Brick in the Wall), born in Cambridge, England

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 1947 Kiki Dee, Yorkshire England, singer (Don't Go Breaking My Heart)
  • 1949 Donald York, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • 1951 Walter Trout, American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter (Canned Heat, Bluesbreakers), born in Ocean City, New Jersey
  • 1957 Edward "Eddie" Deezen, American actor (Grease, I Wanna Hold Your Hand), born in Cumberland, Maryland
  • 1964 Reniet Vrieze, rock singer/guitarist (Pilgrims-White Men)
  • 1964 Madonna Wayne Gacy [Stephen Bier Jr.], American musician (Marilyn Manson band), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1967 Julio Bocca, Argentinean Ballet Dancer
  • 1968 Michael Romeo, American musician (Symphony X)
  • 1974 Guy Garvey, British singer-songwriter (Elbow) and presenter (BBC 6 Music), born in Bury, Lancashire. England
  • 1975 Aracely Arambula, Mexican actress and singer
  • 1991 Tyler, the Creator [Tyler Gregory Okonma], American rapper and record producer (Flower Boy, Igor), born in Ladera Heights, California
  • 1992 Momoko Tsugunaga, Japanese singer